NewSouth Books acquired by University of Georgia Press

Tuesday, May 24th, 2022 by Brian Seidman

We are pleased to announce that NewSouth Books has been acquired by the University of Georgia Press. Effective July 1, UGA Press will continue to support NewSouth’s existing catalog of titles under the NewSouth Books imprint while adding new titles acquired by NewSouth principals Suzanne La Rosa and Randall Williams. NewSouth was cofounded in 2000 […]

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Historian Joseph Caver pays tribute to Tuskegee Airman Charles McGee

Friday, January 21st, 2022 by Lisa Harrison

Charles McGee, one of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, passed away on Sunday, January 16th at age 102. According to the Washington Post, when the all-Black flying unit was formed during World War II, “some officers questioned whether African Americans had the skill, intelligence and courage to become military pilots”. McGee and his fellow pilots proved […]

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NewSouth Books author Rod Davis busy protesting and celebrating, all in the name of literature

Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 by Suzanne La Rosa

NewSouth Books author Rod Davis (East of Texas, West of Hell among others) responded this autumn to radical right-wing attacks from the Texas governor and members of the state legislature on books in schools that could cause student “distress.” Davis asked the Texas House of Representatives General Investigating Committee that one of his works join […]

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Overturning Brown author Steve Suitts writes that ‘school freedom’ twists meaning of civil rights movement

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 by Randall Williams

The Nation just published an article reporting on how former secretary of state Mike Pompeo and former education secretary Betsy DeVos were stumping in New Hampshire last week to promote one of the GOP’s favorite issues, “school choice.” This struck a nerve with Steve Suitts, author of the recent new book, Overturning Brown: The Segregationist Legacy of the Modern School Choice Movement.  […]

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Just Another Day on the Plains

Tuesday, September 21st, 2021 by Andy Hornsby

The recent death of Harold Franklin, Auburn University’s first Black student, caused me to reflect back on the day he registered and attended his first class.  January 4, 1964, was the start of winter quarter and I had driven in from Tuskegee that morning not expecting the tight security and tension that was in the […]

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Freedom Rides Museum Director Dorothy Walker remembers Ernest ‘Rip’ Patton

Thursday, August 26th, 2021 by Dorothy Walker

This week we mourn the loss of a true American hero. Freedom Rider Dr. Ernest “Rip” Patton has passed away at the age of eighty-one after a brief illness. Dr. Patton was a twenty-one-year-old student drum major in the band at Tennessee A&I (now Tennessee University) when he joined the Freedom Rides in May 1961. […]

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On his 100th birthday, NewSouth celebrates the life of the Rev. J. Phillips Noble

Thursday, August 19th, 2021 by Randall Williams

One of the recent losses from the pandemic was the cancellation in Decatur, Georgia, on last Sunday of a celebration of one of our authors turning one hundred years old: the Reverend J. Phillips Noble. NewSouth Books published his memoir, Beyond the Burning Bus: The Civil Rights Revolution in a Southern Town, in 2003. Reverend Noble was […]

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CNN’s Don Lemon, Dr. Bernice King, and others reflect on legacy of civil rights icon C.T. Vivian upon publication of his memoir, It’s in the Action

Friday, July 30th, 2021 by Suzanne La Rosa

C.T. Vivian, who died on the same day as his close friend John Lewis roughly one year ago, was celebrated this month in a program featuring some notable guests: Don Lemon, CNN host; Bernice King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.; Andrew Young, civil rights leader and former US ambassador; Al Vivian, son of C.T.; […]

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Bob Moses, late civil rights leader, remembered by peer John Obee

Monday, July 26th, 2021 by John Obee

Bob Moses, one of the most courageous human beings to have walked this earth, died July 25, 2021. Tributes have been pouring in from many who knew Bob or knew of him, including President Barack Obama, who said: “Bob was a hero of mine. His quiet confidence helped shape the civil rights movement, and he inspired generations of […]

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Last week marks 70th anniversary of school walkout in Prince Edward County, Virginia, as featured in The Road to Healing

Monday, May 24th, 2021 by Suzanne La Rosa

Seventy years ago, sixteen-year-old Barbara Johns led a walk-out at R. R. Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia, in protest of Jim Crow segregation, specifically the so-called separate-but-equal education policies which had been the law in the South since Plessy v. Ferguson in 1896. The school Johns attended indeed was separate, but it was in […]

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